The Hufflepuff side started the match strong, rallying behind Seeker Ellie Branstone and facing Gryffindor with a sort of grim determination not generally seen from the black and yellow. Unfortunately, someone must have forgotten to send Branstone the memo. Despite a promising start to her season in Hufflepuff's previous games, this morning her play bordered on lethargic, and there were one or two points where I'd confidently wager she forgot what she was looking for. Chaser Justin Finch-Fletchley put five goals past Gryffindor Keeper Parvati Patil, with assists from Hannah Abbott (who scored another two goals) and Kevin Whitby (who scored once) which displayed solid strategy and impressive teamwork. Keeper Owen Cauldwell made an unusually disciplined showing, holding the Gryffindor Chasers to four goals; three from Seamus Finnigan and one from Ron Weasley. Gryffindor Beater Gillian Monahan guarded the Chasers practically singlehandedly, but despite her skilled play Ginny Weasley suffered a sound Bludger strike after twenty minutes and was grounded for the remainder of the game. Although Hufflepuff Beaters Susan Bones and Jacob Dunstall, the latter playing an uncharacteristically reserved game, focused heavily on sending Bludgers towards Joey McCormack, Gryffindor Beater Natalie MacDonald tailed her Seeker relentlessly, leaving McCormack clear to capture the Snitch after fifty-eight minutes of play.